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r selection

Ecology
1.
selection occurring when a population is far below the carrying capacity of an unstable environment: tends to favor individuals that reproduce early, quickly, and in large numbers so as to make use of ephemeral resources and ensure that at least some offspring survive.
Also, r-selection
[ahr-si-lek-shuh n] /ˈɑr sɪˌlɛk ʃən/ (Show IPA)
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r-selected
[ahr-si-lek-tid] /ˈɑr sɪˌlɛk tɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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